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Macon girlfriend indicted in boyfriend's 2015 shooting death

BY AMY LEIGH WOMACK

Video: Macon woman charged with murder claims she shot boyfriend in self defense

Donna Jackson, 45, is charged with murder in the Sept. 5, 2015, shooting death of her boyfriend, Ricky Smith, 53. She appeared in Bibb County Superior Court Thursday seeking a bond in the case.
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Donna Jackson, 45, is charged with murder in the Sept. 5, 2015, shooting death of her boyfriend, Ricky Smith, 53. She appeared in Bibb County Superior Court Thursday seeking a bond in the case.

Bibb County grand jurors indicted a Macon woman Tuesday in the Sept. 5 fatal shooting of her boyfriend.

Donna Elyse Jackson, 45, is charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony in connection with the death of 53-year-old Ricky Smith, according to the indictment filed in Bibb County Superior Court.

Jackson is being held at the county jail on $110,200 bond, according to jail records.

Details of the alleged encounter were discussed during an October bond hearing in the case:

Jackson's lawyer alleged her client acted in self defense after Smith had become agitated while the couple were at a restaurant and lounge.

He was still upset when they returned to Jackson's home on Macon Avenue, off Napier Avenue, near Hillcrest Boulevard, defense attorney Cheryl Milton said.

Jackson retrieved a gun and tried to reason with Smith as they moved from room to room. At some point, Smith grabbed two knives from the kitchen and chased Jackson into the living room where she called 911, Milton said.

Jackson called 911 a second time and was on the line when she alleges Smith lunged at her with a knife in each hand. She fired one shot, stopping him, Milton said.

Prosecutor Larissa Olliverre argued during the hearing that the transcript from the one of the calls says Jackson reported Smith was coming at her with a gun and Smith can be heard in the background saying, "You're the one with the gun. I don't have a gun."

On the second call, she told a dispatcher Smith was coming at her with a knife, Olliverre said.

Left alone in a sheriff's office interview room, Jackson was recorded on video kneeling and crying, covering her face with her hands, Olliverre said.

When investigators returned, they asked her to uncover her face.

There were no tears.

"They believe she faked all that. All that crying," Olliverre said.

Authorities have talked with two of Smith's ex-girlfriends, one who dated him for 18 years and another who was with him for eight years. Both of them said Smith was never violent toward them, Olliverre said.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398 or find her on Twitter @awomackmacon.

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